From: Patrick Vande Walle [mailto:patrick(_at_)isoc(_dot_)lu]
In terms of image, I tend to think that it would indeed help
the IETF to have meetings outside the Northern America and
European regions. It is not so much about spreading the
Internet gospel - others do it better - although it would
help. It is more in terms of interacting with the local
community to find out what they expect to come out of a
standardization process. The hypothesis by which whatever is
good for the Northern hemisphere is automatically fine for
the rest of the world seems slightly colonialist to me.
It would go a long way to ease the tensions with Brazil and Egypt.
Marrakech or Cape Town would also be a good idea to pre-empt similar feelings.
Incidentally I do NOT suggest that we go to Egypt. While the security situation
there is currently good it is not a good idea to take an international
organization there which is likely to become a target.
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